Our Mission – The restoration of equity and opportunity

Fish Northwest is committed to the conservation and preservation of Puget Sound salmon stocks while restoring and expanding fishing opportunities for Washington’s anglers, their families, and businesses.

We believe that by using best available science our wild salmon runs can be conserved and rebuilt, while an abundant hatchery fish population can provide ample fishing opportunities for the public. We think this can be achieved by increasing hatchery fish production, and by ensuring equity and fairness is restored to Puget Sound recreational salmon fishing seasons. Our immediate goal is to have WA State comply with the Boldt Decision which specifies the requirement of equal sharing of our salmon resources.

We see a dysfunctional North of Falcon season setting process, a flawed ten year Puget Sound Chinook Resource Management Plan (RMP), and the lack of a State ESA fishing permit, as true management deficiencies. The cumulative effect of these deficiencies has been WDFW departing from, or in some cases completely ignoring, the federal court adopted Puget Sound Salmon Management Plan, and the legal mandates related to the 1974 landmark case commonly known as the Boldt Decision. As such, we came together and began the legal process to set this right and on October 5th, 2020, Fish Northwest filed a Motion to Intervene in the United States versus Washington, 384 F. Supp. 312, the Boldt Decision. As we launch this legal action we will need all the financial support we can get.  If you agree that recreational salmon fishing opportunities in WA State are unjustifiably dismal, and getting worse, please consider donating and support our cause to restore equity and opportunity.

You can donate directly to Fish Northwest, a 501(c)(4) non-profit, or through our fiscal sponsorship with The Friday Harbor Salmon Classic a 501(c)(3), a non-profit charity, in order to receive a tax deduction.

We expect a lengthy legal battle to achieve equitable recreational salmon fishing opportunity again in WA State. This will be a long and costly journey, but we are determined to stay the course and prevail.  We will need sustained financial support from those of you who want to see restoration of equity and opportunity.

COURT DOCUMENTS:

Motion To Intervene

Declaration – Pat Patillo

Declaration – Brett Rosson

Declaration – Curt Smitch

Declaration – Miranda Wecker

We’re fighting for equity and opportunity so future generations of salmon fishermen like this young fella can enjoy the sport!